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  • 17:00 Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap1m 4f

  • £50,000 added 3yo+ 16 ran
  • Winner £31,155 2nd £9,330 3rd £4,665 4th £2,335
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 40.03s
  • Off time: 17:01:22

Fox fends off Edinburgh foes

Late wins rescue trainer's week

Last Updated: 18/06/11 5:30pm

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Fox Hunt battles to the line at Ascot.

Fox Hunt battles to the line at Ascot.

Fox Hunt gave Mark Johnston and Silvestre de Sousa their second winner of Royal Ascot in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes.

The 12-1 chance arrived off the back of a handicap success at Epsom on Derby day and rounded the turn for home widest of all in the hands of his talented Brazilian rider.

However he quickened to the front shortly afterwards and the race over as a contest.

Strong finish

Johnston, who send out Namibian to win the Queen's Vase on Friday, said: "It was a long week up until Friday, but it's fantastic to get two winners.

"This has been a difficult horse and he's had a few changes of headgear.

"A few times he has really disappointed us, and he was in the sales at one stage, but he's getting better and better.

"He looked a lot better today and he looked as though he'd even come on since Epsom.

"I'm not surprised he's won - although I'm surprised he managed to overcome that wide draw.

"Silvestre said he was never where he wanted to be but at the same time the horse was always travelling very well for him."

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